|What is Hypnotherapy?|
|Hypnotherapy is an approach that uses the state of hypnosis for therapy purposes. When hypnosis is used for therapeutic purposes it is called hypnotherapy.
It is humanistic in its approach and acknowledges the client to have the inner resources to overcome problems. It is an empowering approach that helps clients overcome emotionally related conditions to enjoy the fulfilment of positive goals.
Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, often referred to as an altered state of conscious awareness. In hypnosis one feels quite calm and relaxed while still aware of everything going on. You are not asleep or unconscious.
All hypnosis is self hypnosis and it is a necessary requirement that the client desires to enter hypnosis and is willing to cooperate with the therapist. No one can be forced into hypnosis.
Hypnosis promotes deep relaxation that gives rise to a greater sense of well being, improved sleep, improved concentration and greater calmness of both mind and body. When used solely for deep relaxation there is a decrease in anxiety and stressful symptoms so the mind and body function at a better level. I have always regarded hypnotic relaxation as a great tonic to mind and body.
Hypnosis is a very pleasant state that is not a cure in itself but allows the therapy process to be conducted at a level not normally accessible. In therapy hypnosis is a technique that develops a bridge to the unconscious mind making it possible to explore memories and emotions contributing to the condition.
Hypnotherapy is an approach that successfully helps many people to be rid of fears and phobias, anxiety, panic attacks and a wide range of emotionally based conditions.
It is also an excellent method of mind-body healing and is successfully used in the field of sports motivation. Creative visualisation techniques are often used in hypnotherapy that contribute to positive change.
What Does a Course of Hypnotherapy Involve?
If you have not used hypnotherapy before then the first session begins with an introduction to the approach giving you an opportunity to raise any questions you may have.
The next step will be to look at the reason why you have come into therapy and the outcome you are seeking. I allow between 75 and 90 minutes for the first session which gives you a comfortable period of time to discuss your condition.
During the first session you are guided into hypnosis while at the same time the exercise delivered is recorded for home use. This enables you to practice hypnosis at home which prepares you more beneficially for the second session. Every client who consults me receives an audio cassette for home use that has been recorded for them personally.
The second session is held a week or up to two weeks later. Most conditions require an exploration of their root cause and so exercises are introduced to help with this process.
The direction of therapy depends solely on the client’s needs and the condition presented.
It is my goal to help clients access the unconscious levels of the mind where emotions are rooted and core beliefs held.
Apart from the Smoking Cessation Programme it is not possible to tell anyone exactly how many sessions they will require. However, you can be assured when you are using hypnosis it does become a quicker therapy process. It is typical to notice positive changes quite early on in the treatment.
Two clients can present a similar condition but it does not mean their treatment will be the same or that they will require the same number of sessions. Their treatment will not be exactly the same because each person is an individual and will be treated as such. My approach is client centred and I draw from a wide range of therapy approaches using those that are best suited to the client’s needs.
Hypnotherapy is humanistic in its approach and acknowledges the client to have the inner resources to overcome problems.
I have identified five reasons to use hypnosis with counselling:
1. by accessing the unconscious the client is able to tap into their own resources to formulate solutions;
2. the client develops the capacity to respond to positive suggestions;
3. in hypnosis suggestions can alter the autonomic nervous system allowing mind-body healing;
4. the unconscious is the storehouse of memories and feelings it is possible for memories and feelings to be the underlying cause of a problem hypnosis makes it possible to access contributing factors and then address them;
5. the client’s development of confidence can be positively enhanced.
Since 1986 I have been helping people overcome a wide range of conditions that have been very varied and even when two people have presented similar conditions they are varied too because I am engaged with two different people.
Weight loss, smoking cessation, sleep disorder, hair pulling, nail biting, skin picking, fears general and specific such as the fear of flying, exam nerves, anxiety, panic attacks, preparation for surgery and post operative recuperation, overcoming abuse, enhancing creativity, sports motivation, stress reduction, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, eczema, post traumatic stress, depression, bed wetting, inner child healing, night terrors, self esteem, pregnancy, child birth, public speaking these conditions represent a selection presented by clients in my practice through the years. If you are not sure if your condition is suitable for hypnotherapy please contact me.